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Israeli President Shimon Peres, Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, Pope Francis and Ecumenical Patriarch Bartholomew of Constantinople planting an olive tree in the Vatican Gardens (CNS)

Pope was speaking to coalition of funding agencies coordinated by Congregation for Eastern Churches

The theme of the synod will be the 'pastoral challenges of the family in the context of evangelisation' (PA)

Topics in working document include some of the most controversial areas of Church teaching on the family

Pope Francis (CNS) Below: Video of Pope Francis on John the Baptist (RomeReports)

John the Baptist knew his role was ‘to prepare people for an encounter with the Lord,” says Francis

The Vatican has now closed the investigation (PA)

The Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith concluded that Bishop Cristian Contreras Molina was innocent

Pope Francis says he is pained that Christians suffer so much discrimination (CNS)

Pope Francis says there are more martyrs today than in pre-Constantine days

Pope Francis says he is pained that Christians suffer so much discrimination (CNS)

The Church teaches that drug abuse is wrong but that doesn’t mean we should support the criminalisation of drug users

Pope Francis (AP)

Francis says members of criminal organisation are excommunicated during trip to Calabria

Pope Francis, pictured this week, condemned the 'scourge' of drugs  (PA)

Francis criticises attempts to legalise drugs as he addresses enforcement agencies

Pope Francis elevates Eucharist during Corpus Christi Mass (CNS)

The Pope celebrated the evening Mass outside the Basilica of St John Lateran

The Pope will celebrate Mass in Daejon’s World Cup Stadium during his visit to South Korea (PA)

Francis will also celebrate a Mass for peace and reconciliation in Seoul